5 ways to build your credit history

When any financier is assessing a new car loan application, one thing that is considered is the experience of the applicant’s previous borrowing history.

This can make options more limited for someone who has not had any form of credit in the past. We all have to start from somewhere, and establishing a good credit history before you start applying for car loans could assist you in getting the best deals available for you for the present and future.

Here are some tips on how to establish your credit rating.

1. Don't Just Apply For Any Offer

Each time you formally apply for finance, the financier will want to view your credit file, and in order to do so, an enquiry will be placed on your file with the creditor’s name and the amount you were applying for.

The more enquiries you have on your credit file in a short period of time can have an undesirable outcome on your loan application with many lenders.

2. Get Advice

As each and every lender has very different criteria in regards to approving a loan, to help you manage this you could get advice from someone who deals with these kinds of transactions every day, like a car finance broker.

They can review your application and place you with the best lender first time, preventing too many enquiries on your credit file as opposed to you applying to many places on your own accord and having multiple applications declined for not meeting lending criteria.

3. Be Realistic About Your Borrow

If you have had no borrowing history and are trying to establish a credit rating, don’t go for the world as a first borrow. Look at something that is a suitable lend, like a credit card with a small credit limit.

Once you’ve had twelve months of meeting your repayments you’ll be in a much better position to negotiate for a car loan.

4. Get A Guarantor

If your parents can assist by personally guaranteeing your first loan, this may be an option to assist in establishing your credit rating.

This gives the lender more security, as if you were not to abide by your terms and conditions, the guarantor may be liable, giving you more reason to adhere to the terms and conditions of your loan.

5. Understand Your Credit File

You should understand that your credit file is what lenders will look at as a first impression for any applicant when deciding whether to grant a loan.

You should learn that not only loan applications are placed on your credit file, as any form of credit will result in the provider wanting to view your file and placing an enquiry on your file.

This would include telecommunication companies, utility companies and many rental companies, so not only will they place enquiries on your file, if you don’t pay these creditors on time, could also result in a bad record, known as a default on your credit file.